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IV. History of Socrates’ Work.
A. Uses made before the First Printed Edition of the Greek Text.
Ecclesiastical History was used, according to the best
authorities, by Sozomen in the composition of his parallel
So Harnack and Jeep. Cf. also Hartranft in the
present vol., p. 00.
It was certainly used by Liberatus, the Carthaginian deacon, in his
Breviarium caussæ Nestorianorum et Eutychianorum, and by
Theodorus Anagnostes (Lector) in his Ecclesiastical History.104104
Theodorus’ works were two: (1) An epitome of
the histories written previous to his time, and (2) an original history
continuing the narrative to the days of Justinian I.
It was also quoted in the second Council of Nicæa, under the name
of Rufinus, and also under its author’s name.105105
Cf. Mansi, Concil. XII. Coll. 1035 and
Epiphanius, surnamed Scholasticus, translated the history of Socrates, together with those of Sozomen and Theodoret, under the auspices of Cassiodorus, about the beginning of the sixth century. This translation, under the name of Historiæ Ecclesiasticæ Tripartitæ, consists of twelve books, and was printed at Paris, without date, by Regnault in 8vo; afterwards also at Bâle in 1523, 1528, 1533, 1539, and 1568. It was revised by Beatus Rhenanus, and published in Frankfort on the Main in 1588, together with the history of Eusebius, which was translated and continued by Rufinus. It is also found in the new edition of Cassiodorus printed at Rouen by Jo. Garetius in 1679 and in Venice, 1729. It served as a basis for a French translation by Ægidius Gourlinus (Gille Gourlin), published in Paris in 1538 (cited by Cyaneus), and of a German translation by Caspar Hedio at Strasburg, 1545.
There are two independent editions of Socrates’ Ecclesiastical History, each of which has served as a basis for reprints, secondary editions, and translations. These are:
I. Eusebii Pamphili: Hist. EccI. LL. X.; ejd. de Vita Constantini LL. V.; Socratis Hist. Eccl. LL. VII.; Theodoreti Episc. Cyrensis Hist. EccI. LL. V.; Collectaneum ex hist. eccl. Theodori Lectoris LL. II.; Hermiæ Sozomeni Hist. EccI. LL. IX.; Evagrii Hist. Eccl. LL. VI. Lut. Paris, ex off. Rob. Stephani 1544 pridie Cal. Jul.
a. Upon this edition is based a Latin translation by Wolfgang Musculus, Bâle 1544, 1549, 1557, 1594, and one by J. J. Christophorson, bishop of Chichester, Paris 1571, Cologne 1581, Bâle 1570; with notes by Grynæus and by Henricus Petri 1611; incorporated into the Bibliotheca Patrum, ed. Cologne 1618 as Vol. V. and ed. Lyons 1677 as Vol. VII.
b. The Greek text of Stephens and the Latin translation of Christophorson were published together in Geneva, 1612.
c. An English translation of Socrates’
Ecclesiastical History was made by Meredith
Cf. Woods, Athenæ Oxonienses, Vol. I. p.
and is contained in his Ancient Ecclesiastical Histories of the
first six hundred years after Christ, written in the Greek tongue by
three learned Historiographers, Eusebius, Socrates and Evagrius.
London 1577. [This work also contains Dorotheus’ Lives of the
Prophets, Apostles, and Seventy Disciples reprinted in 1585 and
2. The second independent edition of Socrates is that which has been received as standard and served as a basis for all subsequent uses, viz.:
Historia Ecclesiastica Socratis, Scholastici, Hermiæ, Sozomeni, &c., ed. Henricus Valesius. Paris 1668. Valesius ostensibly revised the text of Stephens, but as a matter of fact he made a new collation of the ms. used by Stephens, and compared this with mss. in the Vatican, so that xixhis edition amounts to an entirely new work. He also made a new Latin translation and appended numerous notes. This edition was reprinted in Mayence in 1677. Its Latin portion was reprinted in Paris also in 1677. The reprint of Mayence was reproduced under a new title, as if in Amsterdam in 1675.
a. Gul. Reading appended additional notes, and together with the Latin translation of Valesius, published the work in Cambridge in three vols. 1720. Reading’s edition was reprinted at Turin in 1746. Valesius’ original edition was again reprinted in Oxford by Parker in 1844 and Cura Buckley in London, also in 1844. It was revised and published in Oxford in 3 vols. by R. Hussey in 1853, and again in 1860 and in 1879. Again it was incorporated into Migne’s Patrologia Græca as Vol. LXVII. (Petit Montrouge) in 1859, and finally the Greek text alone was revised and published in a single volume by William Bright in Oxford 1878.
b. The translations based on Valesius’ edition exclusive of those in Latin mentioned above are as follows:
In French by L. Cousin: Histoire de l’Eglise écrite par Eusèbe, Socrate, Sozomène, Theodoret, &c. 4 vols. Paris 1675, and 6 vols. Amsterdam 1686. [Containing also Photius’ abstract of Philostorgius.]
In English by Shorting:107107
The History of the Church as written in Greek by Eusebius, Socrates,
and Evagrius [contains also the four books of the Life of
Constantine, Constantine’s Oration to the Convention of the
Saints, and Eusebius’ speech in praise of Constantine],
translated from the edition of Valesius, with a translation also of
Valesius’ notes and his account of the lives and writings of
those historians. Cambridge 1683, 1692, 1709.
By S. Parker: The Ecclesiastical Histories of Eusebius, Socrates, Sozomen, and Theodoret.…abridged from the originals. London 1707, 3rd ed. 1729.
And Anonymously [E.
The volume containing Sozomen in this series bears
the name of Walford. The translation of Socrates is anonymous, but
generally ascribed to Walford also. This cannot be a matter of
inference from the appearance of the two historians in the same series,
as Eusebius, also in the same series, is translated by Crusè.
Those who attribute the translation to Walford give no reason for doing
The Greek Ecclesiastical Historians of the first six centuries of
the Christian Era in 6 vols. [Socrates Scholasticus’
History forms Vol. III. of this series]. London, Samuel Bagster
and Sons, 1843–46. This translation was reprinted in Bohn’s
Ecclesiastical Library, 4 vols., 1851 and 1888, and by Bagster in
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